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Biden urged to support ‘unprecedented’ solar deployment as pressure mounts over clean jobs
13 Jul 2020 at 4:13pm
Joe Biden urged to back “clean energy revolution” to help rebuild US economy from COVID-19



New solar investment falls 12% as COVID-19 dents H1 2020 figures: BNEF
13 Jul 2020 at 4:08pm
Delays to project financing and revised auction timelines beset solar but offshore wind flourishes



Energy storage set to compete in US wholesale markets following landmark ruling
13 Jul 2020 at 3:26pm
Upholding of FERC Order 841 paves the way for energy storage to offer grid services in the US



STI Norland bags Brazilian solar tracker deal
13 Jul 2020 at 1:59pm
Manufacturer's dual-row trackers to be used alongside LONGi bifacial panels in Bahia-based project



NSW to go ‘even bigger’ with second, 8GW renewable energy zone
13 Jul 2020 at 12:46pm
NSW unveils plans for second REZ following huge oversubscription of first



UK renewables generation soars as solar, storage pipelines grow rapidly
13 Jul 2020 at 12:33pm
UK renewables generation tops 40TWh in Q1 2020 as gigawatts of solar and storage enter development pipeline



PacifiCorp eyes 1.8GW of solar, 600MW storage in largest RFP yet
10 Jul 2020 at 1:18pm
Berkshire Hathaway-owned utility group becomes latest in the US to signal shift towards renewables



Meyer Burger to use former SolarWorld and Q-Cells plants for heterojunction module production
10 Jul 2020 at 12:36pm
Meyer Burger plans to initially use the facilities seperately for heterojunction cell and module assembly



Iberdrola pockets €800m to drive renewable growth in Spain
10 Jul 2020 at 12:22pm
Funding from EIB and ICO to be used to spearhead new solar and wind projects, supporting thousands of jobs in the process.



Corporate solar funding stalls amidst COVID crisis as O&G firms drive M&A
10 Jul 2020 at 11:38am
H1 2020 funding drops 25% year-on-year but impact "could have been worse", Mercom says



Enel taps Norfund for Indian solar push
9 Jul 2020 at 1:14pm
Deal will see Norwegian state-owned investment fund take equity stakes in Indian renewables projects



Capital Dynamics continues US flurry with 4.8GW strategic partnership with IPP Tenaska
9 Jul 2020 at 12:00pm
Asset owners and Nebraska-based IPP to bring forward 4.8GW of MISO and SERC-based solar




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New Jersey Solar Panel Installation Costs 2019
19 Sep 2019 at 4:54pm
by Staff Writer
When you start researching costs, it gets overwhelming very quickly. Costs vary from company to company, and when you start throwing in incentives, rebates, and tax credits, your simple Google search turns into a complex, algebraic equation. Before you know it, you’re knee-deep in solar policy on some government website, calculator in hand, ready to […]The post New Jersey Solar Panel Installation Costs 2019 appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

How to Choose a Solar Installer
8 Sep 2019 at 1:05am
by Staff Writer
So, you have done your research on the benefits of solar energy and decided to install a solar photovoltaic (PV) system to power your property, what now? The next important step is choosing a solar installer to set up the system for you. Picking the right installer is vital since poorly-done work can lead to […]The post How to Choose a Solar Installer appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

Massachusetts Solar Incentives and Solar Rebates 2019
26 Aug 2019 at 6:58pm
by Staff Writer
Do you own a property in Massachusetts and want to get solar panels installed on it, but are worried about huge expenses? If so, you should know that there are several financial incentives available in the state currently, making 2019 the right year for you to go solar. Like most other states today, Massachusetts encourages its […]The post Massachusetts Solar Incentives and Solar Rebates 2019 appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

Solar panel waste: Could leasing be the answer?
4 Aug 2019 at 6:26pm
by Guest Writer
Following the first wave of popularity in solar power technology in the late 1990s and early 2000s, we are now faced with the daunting prospect of disposing of these early solar panels in a way that does not harm the environment. Given that the usable life expectancy of these early solar panels was 25 years, […]The post Solar panel waste: Could leasing be the answer? appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

US Universities Lead Solar Innovation and Academics
30 Jul 2019 at 6:08pm
by Guest Writer
Universities in the United States are leading the way in developing, teaching and utilizing solar technology. Colleges and universities around the world are hubs of progression. It is on the campuses of the country that you can catch a glimpse into the future of businesses and communities. This is especially true when it comes to […]The post US Universities Lead Solar Innovation and Academics appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

Solar Energy and Agriculture: A Match Made in Heaven
29 Jul 2019 at 4:10pm
by Guest Writer
It’s well-known that solar energy is an innovative and accessible sustainable energy option. Solar energy checks all the boxes a consumer looks at when determining his or her options for energy and its popularity is only growing. However, solar energy isn’t just available to the homeowner, or other smaller-scale consumers. Solar energy can be used […]The post Solar Energy and Agriculture: A Match Made in Heaven appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

Are solar shingles worth it 2019
20 Jul 2019 at 5:05pm
by Guest Writer
With the rise in popularity of solar power, people have continuously expressed desire in having more options in terms of solar products. Some of the more popular ones nowadays are solar shingles. Simply put, solar singles — sometimes known as photovoltaic shingles — are essentially just solar panels that are designed to look like and […]The post Are solar shingles worth it 2019 appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

Top 10 Colleges with Solar and Renewable Energy Programs
16 Jul 2019 at 1:15pm
by Staff Writer
Research on utilization of renewable energy including solar, wind, and biofuel has been booming across the United States over the past few years. In 2017 alone, over half a million jobs were created globally in the renewable energy sector. Educational institutions have also been quick to pick up on this need for qualified people to […]The post Top 10 Colleges with Solar and Renewable Energy Programs appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

Must Have Solar Products for Your Home
17 Jun 2019 at 7:12pm
by Staff Writer
Over the past few years, the popularity of solar energy has been increasing all over the world. The Science Magazine estimates that by 2022–2023, an additional PV capacity of 500 GW will be installed globally.  Going solar has become cheaper too. In fact, the average price of solar electrical systems have reduced by half from […]The post Must Have Solar Products for Your Home appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

How Is the US Military Using Solar Power?
23 May 2019 at 1:31pm
by Staff Writer
Climate change poses serious threats to national and global security. The U.S. military recognized the global and national security implications of climate change as far back as 1990 when it produced its first report on the impacts of climate change. Another report followed in 2003. But every year since 2007, the Department of Defense (DoD), […]The post How Is the US Military Using Solar Power? appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.


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New report finds Texas utility-scale solar growth may push remaining coal plants into retirement
13 Jul 2020 at 9:54pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
New utility-scale solar is poised to push much of the remaining coal‑fired power fleet across Texas into retirement in the next few years, finds a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The report — “Solar Surge Set to Drive Much of Remaining Texas Coal-Fired Fleet Offline”— describes the increasing… The post New report finds Texas utility-scale solar growth may push remaining coal plants into retirement appeared first on Solar Power World.

DEPCOM Power, Nextracker and Solar Support host virtual event on utility solar recovery after natural disasters
13 Jul 2020 at 8:55pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
Solar Support, DEPCOM Power and Nextracker will participate in a joint online event on utility plant recovery after natural disasters and inclement weather events. “Restoring Utility PV After Extreme Weather Damage” will take place July 16 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. ET. Utility solar experts from the three companies will offer actionable insights to cut… The post DEPCOM Power, Nextracker and Solar Support host virtual event on utility solar recovery after natural disasters appeared first on Solar Power World.

NREL report advocates for greater R&D in solar module recycling
13 Jul 2020 at 6:49pm
by Billy Ludt
Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have conducted a global assessment into the most promising approaches to end-of-life management for solar photovoltaic modules. PV modules have a 30-year lifespan, with no current plan for how to manage end-of-life disposal. The volume of modules no longer needed could total 80 million metric tons by… The post NREL report advocates for greater R&D in solar module recycling appeared first on Solar Power World.

REC Solar installs nearly 1-MW solar array on Kroger’s California bakery facility
13 Jul 2020 at 6:04pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
Ralphs and Food 4 Less, subsidiaries of The Kroger Co., announced the installation of a PV solar array at its 300,000-square-foot bakery facility in La Habra, California. The La Habra Bakery rooftop installation features nearly 3,000 solar panels to harness energy from the sun that can produce nearly 1 MWAC of clean power and 2,009… The post REC Solar installs nearly 1-MW solar array on Kroger’s California bakery facility appeared first on Solar Power World.

Nearly 650 solar companies sign letter to Congress supporting solar COVID-19 recovery legislation
13 Jul 2020 at 3:46pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
Nearly 650 solar companies sent a letter to Congress on July 13 galvanizing support for legislation that deploys clean energy to help rebuild the U.S. economy. The letter calls on members of Congress to pass legislation that would push out deadlines for the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) and create a direct pay option, both… The post Nearly 650 solar companies sign letter to Congress supporting solar COVID-19 recovery legislation appeared first on Solar Power World.

House advances budget that would fund much of infrastructure bill
10 Jul 2020 at 5:46pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
The House Appropriations Committee approved funding for a number of important environmental programs Friday as part of the FY21 funding bill for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of the Interior (DOI). Most notably, the budget dedicates emergency funding for many of the infrastructure proposals in the Moving Forward Act (H.R.2), including $10.2 billion… The post House advances budget that would fund much of infrastructure bill appeared first on Solar Power World.

Yale poll finds most New Jerseyans support proposals included in Clean Energy Equity Act
10 Jul 2020 at 3:06pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
A new poll from Yale University, George Mason University and Climate Nexus found that at least 7 in 10 New Jerseyans support the proposals included in the New Jersey Clean Energy Equity Act currently on the agenda for the Senate Environment Committee meeting on July 16. The bill aims to help low-income New Jersey families… The post Yale poll finds most New Jerseyans support proposals included in Clean Energy Equity Act appeared first on Solar Power World.

Clean Power Alliance signs on for 60-MW solar, 152-MWh storage project in California
10 Jul 2020 at 2:46pm
by Kelly Pickerel
California electricity provider Clean Power Alliance (CPA) has approved the Azalea Solar + Storage project. Azalea is the fourth renewable energy and storage project approved by CPA in the last three months, which will collectively result in $410 million in new investment in Southern California’s clean energy economy. All four projects will help CPA meet… The post Clean Power Alliance signs on for 60-MW solar, 152-MWh storage project in California appeared first on Solar Power World.

CALSSA announces virtual solar product expo series
10 Jul 2020 at 2:31pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
The California Solar & Storage Association (CALSSA) unveiled a new series of virtual events called the Product Expo Series. Solar and storage expos in 2020 are a giant question mark, yet they remain an important way for the industry to connect, learn about new products and technologies, and get questions answered. CALSSA’s Product Expo Series… The post CALSSA announces virtual solar product expo series appeared first on Solar Power World.

MIT study finds COVID-19 could have significant long-term effects on renewables and climate change
9 Jul 2020 at 9:57pm
by Kelly Pickerel
While the COVID-19 pandemic has reduced air pollution in the United States, the longer-term impact on the environment is unclear. In a recent study, MIT Sloan School of Management Prof. Christopher Knittel and Prof. Jing Li analyzed the short- and long-term effects, finding that the actual impact will depend on the policy response to the pandemic. Their study… The post MIT study finds COVID-19 could have significant long-term effects on renewables and climate change appeared first on Solar Power World.

Michigan PSC approves DTE’s plan for 353 MW of new wind and solar
9 Jul 2020 at 9:55pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
DTE Electric today received approval from the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) for its Renewable Energy Plan. The plan will bring an additional 353 megawatts of wind and solar projects online by 2022. New solar projects in 2022 will triple DTE’s solar generation capacity. “These approved plans will enable DTE to meet our commitment to… The post Michigan PSC approves DTE’s plan for 353 MW of new wind and solar appeared first on Solar Power World.

GRID Alternatives breaks ground on first low-income community solar project in California The project will bring clean power to the Santa Rosa Band of Cahuilla Indians and others.
9 Jul 2020 at 7:20pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
GRID Alternatives Inland Empire (GRID IE), an affiliate of GRID Alternatives, is a national leader in making clean renewable energy technology and job training accessible to communities who need it most. GRID IE was awarded a $2.05 million grant under the California Department of Community Services and Development (CSD) Low-income Weatherization Program, Community Solar Pilot… The post GRID Alternatives breaks ground on first low-income community solar project in California <br><span style='color:#404040;font-weight:600;font-size:15px;'>The project will bring clean power to the Santa Rosa Band of Cahuilla Indians and others.</span> appeared first on Solar Power World.


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